Victoria records NO new community cases after fears infected teenager from Sydney spread the virus – as Australia holds its breath waiting for crucial NSW decision
- Victoria reported zero new community cases of coronavirus on Wednesday
- There were fears virus could spread after girl, 15, tested positive on Tuesday
- Teenager contracted virus after visiting Avalon in Sydney’s Northern Beaches
The 15-year-old girl visited several Covid-19 exposure sites on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, including the Avalon RSL and bowling club, before driving home from NSW with her mother.
They stopped at Gundagai’s Oliver’s Real Food before arriving in Melbourne either late on Thursday night or early Friday.
The girl was tested on Sunday, with the results becoming public on Tuesday.
Victoria has now appeared to steer clear of further infections – with no community cases of coronavirus reported on Wednesday.
Victoria has recorded zero new community cases of Covid-19 after fears an infected teenager who visited Sydney could have spread the virus. Pictured: Passengers arriving from Sydney are tested for COVID-19 at Melbourne Airport on Sunday
There were 22,956 tests taken across the state from the 24 hours to midnight on Wednesday.
One returned traveller in hotel quarantine tested positive to the virus.
There are currently 10 active coronavirus cases in hotel quarantine.
The girl’s mother has so far tested negative and the family of four are isolating at their home in the Moonee Valley local government area.
Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley on Tuesday said there were no known exposure sites his side of the border and close contacts of the family were being contacted.
Testing commander Jeroen Weimar stressed the family had done the right thing.
The 15-year-old girl visited several Covid-19 exposure sites on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, including the Avalon RSL (pictured) and bowling club, before driving home from NSW with her mother
‘This family has done what literally tens of thousands of people do. They go on holiday, meet family in another state, they do the things that we do, and they come home,’ he said.
The Northern Beaches outbreak – which totals 90 – prompted Victoria to shut its borders with NSW.
People from regional NSW can get a permit to enter Victoria but travellers coming from ‘red zones’ in greater Sydney, which includes the epicentre of the outbreak in the city’s northern beaches, are being turned back.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will hold a crisis cabinet meeting on Wednesday, where she will decide what Covid-19 restrictions will be imposed for Christmas Day.
The Northern Beaches outbreak – which totals 90 – prompted Victoria to shut its borders with NSW. Pictured: Northern Beaches locals queue for a coronavirus test in Avalon on Saturday